Oct. 02, 2011
Returning Series
50 min.
Showtime TV Network

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Centers on Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brody, who returns home eight years after going missing in Iraq, and Carrie Matheson, a driven CIA officer who suspects he might be plotting an attack on America.

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Abu Nazir is the wanted terrorist leader responsible for converting Sergeant Nicholas Brody into an undercover operative for al-Qaeda. After Brody was tortured for years in Afghanistan, Nazir intervened and created a "safe" environment for the Marine to begin mentally and physically recovering. He tasked Brody with teaching English to his child, Issa, whom Brody grew to love like a son. After U.S. drone strikes took Issa's life, Nazir found the motivation he needed to enlist Brody as a fellow terrorist, and now CIA agent Carrie Mathison is obsessed with Nazir's capture.

Abu Nazir is a high-ranking operative, possibly the operational leader, of al-Qaeda. Nazir oversees the captivity of prisoners of war Nicholas Brody and Tom Walker, and over a period of eight years is able to persuade them both to turn on the U.S. and align with al-Qaeda. Issa, Nazir's son, is killed by a CIA-sanctioned drone strike. The incident is pivotal in shifting the allegiance of Brody, and also leads Nazir to swear revenge on the CIA and its director. He sends Brody and Walker back to the U.S. with a plot to kill Walden and many other officials but it is thwarted by the efforts of Carrie Mathison.

Brody is captured by the CIA and forced to work with them against al-Qaeda. Nazir infiltrates the United States himself with a new plan. First, he orchestrates the assassination of Vice President Walden, forcing Brody to assist by holding Carrie as a hostage. He then sacrifices himself (killed by SWAT team), along with his cell (captured by CIA forces), in order to give the appearance that the terror threat has been neutralized. However, Nazir had planted a bomb in Brody's car, and one of his associates detonates the bomb at the CIA's headquarters, killing 219 people and wiping out much of the CIA's infrastructure, and setting up the innocent Brody as the culprit.

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